The Serpent Of Venice: A Novel by Christopher MooreThe Serpent Of Venice: A Novel by Christopher Moore

The Serpent Of Venice: A Novel

byChristopher Moore

Paperback | February 17, 2015

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New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore channels William Shakespeare and Edgar Allan Poe in The Serpent of Venice, a satiric Venetian gothic that brings back the Pocket of Dog Snogging, the eponymous hero of Fool, along with his sidekick, Drool, and pet monkey, Jeff.

Venice, a long time ago. Three prominent Venetians await their most loathsome and foul dinner guest, the erstwhile envoy of Britain and France, and widower of the murdered Queen Cordelia: the rascal Fool Pocket.

This trio of cunning plotters—the merchant, Antonio; the senator, Montressor Brabantio; and the naval officer, Iago—have lured Pocket to a dark dungeon, promising an evening of spirits and debauchery with a rare Amontillado sherry and Brabantio’s beautiful daughter, Portia.

But their invitation is, of course, bogus. The wine is drugged. The girl isn’t even in the city limits. Desperate to rid themselves once and for all of the man who has consistently foiled their grand quest for power and wealth, they have lured him to his death. (How can such a small man, be such a huge obstacle?). But this Fool is no fool . . . and he’s got more than a few tricks (and hand gestures) up his sleeve.

Christopher Moore is the author of fourteen previous novels, includingLamb,The Stupidest Angel,Fool,Sacré Bleu,A Dirty Job, andThe Serpent of Venice. He lives in San Francisco, California.
Title:The Serpent Of Venice: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.79 inPublished:February 17, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061779776

ISBN - 13:9780061779770

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Poor Shakespeare and Poe... While richly bathed in comedy, the integrity of Shakespeare's and Poe's original characters are compromised in some parts of the story, and thus lessen my enjoyment of it. In short, Iago was not as evil, the OC fool, Pocket, seeming awkward in comparison, and the story overall not a good fit with the masterpieces it's representing. But, since this story was written for laughs, all of this is rendered acceptable.
Date published: 2018-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Even better than Fool - but read it first What a perfect mashup of Shakespearean characters, with all the villains getting exactly what they deserve... so satisfying and downright hilarious!
Date published: 2017-12-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fun This is Moore's take on Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice. The characters are great and the story is funny and out there. A great read if you're looking for something different.
Date published: 2017-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Moore satisfies again Love Christopher Moore's books. Serpent is funny, engaging and his characters are endearing and memorable.
Date published: 2014-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The serpent of venice Very good and very funny!
Date published: 2014-07-06

Editorial Reviews

The Serpent of Venice is a remarkable reimagining of classic literature, churned through historical backgrounds and research and set to a different drum. Tragedy becomes comedy in this side-splitting, hair-raising adventure. . . . A piece of literary gold.”